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Iraq says most of Fallujah retaken from IS militants

BAGHDAD – Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as the Islamic State group’s grip crumbled after weeks of fighting. Thousands of trapped residents took advantage of the militants’ retreat to flee, some swimming across the Euphrates River to…

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Trudeau touts tech at Microsoft in Vancouver

VANCOUVER – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a new Microsoft development centre in downtown Vancouver is big news for the city, the province and the country.The prime minister took a tour of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre at its official opening on Friday morning.Trudeau says…

Sports

Piatti, Higuain missing as Impact face Crew

MONTREAL – There will be a new twist in a growing rivalry when the Montreal Impact face the Columbus Crew.Neither team will have its 31-year-old Argentine midfield maestro. Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti is recovering from a hand injury and the Crew’s Federico Higuain is out 5-to-7…

World News

Obama, Saudi official discuss economic reforms, security

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is praising Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy by making it less reliant on oil revenues.Obama met in the Oval Office Friday with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman. The White House…

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Microsoft to work with cannabis compliance tech firm Kind

LOS ANGELES – Microsoft is dipping its toe in the legal marijuana business.The giant tech company is partnering with a startup that makes software for the booming legal cannabis industry. Los Angeles-based Kind Financial said Thursday that Microsoft will help it market its software to…

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The Latest: Economist says Zeppelin songs earning millions

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on the Led Zeppelin-Copyright Suit (all times local):10:50 a.m.An economist has testified that “Stairway to Heaven” and other Led Zeppelin songs have produced nearly $60 million in revenue over the past five years.Michael Einhorn told jurors Friday in Los Angeles…

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Romanian PM says visa spat nearly resolved

OTTAWA – Romania’s prime minister says he’s hopeful the visa spat between his country and Canada will be resolved soon — because otherwise, his country may not support the Canada-EU free trade deal.Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos discussed the biggest ongoing irritant between Canada and the…

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Ontario rabies case likely hitchhiked

Scientists say they now have evidence suggesting a rabid raccoon hitchhiked more than 500 kilometres into Ontario from southeastern New York state to ignite Ontario’s first rabies outbreak in a decade.Susan Nadin-Davis, a researcher with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency who focuses on rabies research,…

Lifestyle News

Recalls this week: Battery packs, hedge trimmers

A line of laptop battery packs that can overheat are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include defective chairs and hedge trimmers.LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERY PACKSDETAILS: Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 18 models of Sony’s VAIO Series laptop computers. The Panasonic battery packs were…